The boxset, that is. Diego’s probably ordered one for each of us already so we now play the waiting game.
As a pre-Aria sort of experience, I went and got myself Aria Volume 3, the latest so far (just published September this year). It’s indeed a very wonderful thing. Also stopped by AniCon 2008. Not really worth going to, but there were less sponsors. That’s cool. And there was a maid cafe (which I couldn’t get into because everyone kept staying for so long). Hit the jump if you care for the long version.
(note: you can skip this part if you prefer the cosplay pictures and stuff)
After I stopped over at my friend’s house to plan a project (which I’ll end up doing much of anyway) and a shot of Johnny Walker, I pranced on over to Greenhills, a local shopping center, on the way home from my commute (as in, public transportation). I’d intended to hit the two National Bookstores situated nearby for any rare fountain pens* or inks or whatnot, and I happened to notice there was an antiques fair going on. I figured a lot of people are pretty clueless about these pens so I might be able to find something there for cheap. Lots of bills, coins, furniture, watches – some of which I wanted – and whatnot, but nary a pen in sight, except one which I ended up coming back for the next day. Another quick stop at the Fully Booked nearby and I would call it a day. Miraculously, there it was, sitting in the bookshelf. Aria volume 3. I swiped it before anyone else would
defile see it and had it reserved posthaste. Soon after, rain fell really, really hard so parents, ever the overprotective ones, had my dad fetch me. Later that night, I gave my aunt Verna, who came over to personally go to my grandmom’s cremation (I missed it because, well, see below), her old fountain pen, which then reminded my dad to go get his old pen – a Vanishing Point (fuck yes) so I could have my share of fun with it. After that, I went to sleep since I had exams the next day.
Inserting a little more wonderfulness into the wall of text.
Skip to today. I take my entrance exams for De La Salle University and then hop over to SM Megamall to meet usagijen and her friends, only one (whose blog URL I forget orz) of which I’ve been able to associate with properly as I met the two of them from WordCamp anyway, and then tarried for awhile (god I love that phrase). Took a few snaps of the cosplayers (most were in Death Note, Naruto, or random attire, so I didn’t bother with them), and then walked around a bit; bought some local anime magazines that were on sale too – it’s fun to read what people here think about the shows and then compare/contrast with those in the online world think. Notably, the former tends to be a whole lot more honest and analytical about the show (ie: Owen, et al). I’ll get to writing up a short review of the magazine in general later on. Anyway, I had to leave soon after so I played DDR ’til my legs gave in, and then ate a bowl of really shitty (price-wise) gyudon around 3. After that, I went to Greenhills once more, picked up the pen and had a bit of a chat with the antiques dealers there, and then got Aria. A shame I still can’t find Aqua vol. 2 and Aria vol. 1. And these come with premium prices too – about 140 Pesos more than an issue of Negima!. Anyway, I went straight home after that, and here I am.
So now for the cosplay pics, no? I’ll only put three up because I couldn’t take too many and most cosplayers were pretty meh anyway. Like a chubby Konata orz
She had a gun, but didn’t do the Evoker pose for some reason.
Too crowded for a decent shot. Also Yoko looks like a guy (oh god the horror).
One of few cute Shanas. Not sure who the other one is though; she seems familiar.
* – in case you don’t know, I’ve recently gotten into collecting and using fountain pens as a hobby. The pens pictured above are a (probably) vintage Pilot Vanishing Point and an older Parker Sonnet.